Tuesday, April 21 2009
In the 14th chapter of Romans, Paul is settling "disagreements" among the believers. Wherever there are people together then there are going to be people that disagree. I believe that there are commandments and principles within the scripture that we should absolutely embrace and live by and there are some things that are more individual or guidelines. Paul wrote...
6 He who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. He also who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; while he who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.
We must be careful not to make our own views the standard by which all Christians must live. This makes us the judge and Paul penned the following...
10 Why do you criticize and pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you look down upon or despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God.
He continues to write...
11 For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God [acknowledge Him to His honor and to His praise]. [Isa. 45:23.]
12 And so each of us shall give an account of himself [give an answer in reference to judgment] to God.
13 Then let us no more criticize and blame and pass judgment on one another, but rather decide and endeavor never to put a stumbling block or an obstacle or a hindrance in the way of a brother.
We will all stand before God and give an account of our own life. I do warn you that Paul was not addressing salvation nor a holy life in this chapter, but issues that had arisen from those that believed that all should follow the culinary laws of the Old Testament. We will have disagreements within the body of Christ. There are those that are strong and those that are weak, but it is not our responsibility to judge them. We are to love them through prayer and support while holding fast to the Apostolic principles found in the scripture.